Hair Care Tips: Here’s What You Need To Know Before And After Hair Transplant Surgery | Fashion trends

Hair Care Tips: Here’s What You Need To Know Before And After Hair Transplant Surgery |  Fashion trends

With the advancement in all cosmetology procedures, hair the transplant is also being prepared. It is minimally invasive surgery but it should always be done by a professional doctor/surgeon.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. BL Jangid, a dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon at SkinQure Clinic in Saket, New Delhi, revealed, “As per NMC guidelines, only a doctor, i.e. a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon, can perform a hair transplant procedure, not just any assistant or technician. This was sorely needed due to patient safety concerns.”

He insisted: “An experienced and professional surgeon has the right skills, knowledge and precision to achieve good results with a natural hairline. Additionally, it is very important for patients to know that the hair transplant procedure requires thorough planning and attention before and after surgery. So he chooses both the doctor and the clinic wisely.”

Pre-hair transplant:

Speaking of things to do before hair transplantation, he said that each stage requires attention for optimal results and the better you take care of yourself, the better the result. She suggested saying ‘yes’ to:

1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically – Talk to your doctor about any fears or concerns you may have so that you feel relaxed. If you are suffering from any medical condition like diabetes, hypertension, thyroid, anxiety, etc., please take proper medication prescribed by your doctor so that the problem is fully treated/cured before surgery. Also, stay in good physical shape to avoid complications during the procedure.

2. Take the medications prescribed by your doctor – The doctor may prescribe antibiotics, anti-allergy and anxiolytics. Take your medications as instructed.

3. Hair and beard shortening – This will reduce the chance of infection after surgery.

He recommended saying ‘no’ to:

1. Physical exhaustion or supplements – Ideally, strenuous physical activities such as gymnastics, swimming, etc. must be discontinued within two weeks. Gentle activity such as walking is recommended. Supplements, if you are taking any, should be stopped two weeks before.

2. Smoking or drinking – The ideal is to leave it before two weeks.

3. Anticoagulants or analgesics – In case you are taking any pain reliever or medication, the ideal is to stop it within a week. Be sure to tell your doctor about all your medications ahead of time so they can guide you.

4. Medications for scalp or hair loss – If you are taking any medication for hair loss, the ideal is to stop it two weeks before.

5. Oily or highly processed foods – Have regular healthy meals and avoid junk or oily food.

According to Dr. Vanita Mathew, a dermatologist at Apollo Hospitals on Bannerghatta Road in Bangalore, hair transplant surgeries are normally safe and performed by an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon, but most of the time results vary depending on reactions or healing abilities and the result is actually not very predictable. She said: “As with any surgical procedure, infections are also a very big part, so there can be excessive bleeding, scarring etc. Then the most important thing is that the actual growth takes place, so sometimes the skin around that area dies, and sometimes the surgery may need to be repeated.”

He added: “It is very important to understand all the pros and cons correctly so that you are mentally and physically prepared for it. It is also important to understand that it is an expensive procedure and that it really requires someone with good knowledge and experience who has given better results”.

Post-hair transplant:

Dr. Jangid listed a few things to keep in mind after surgery and suggested saying ‘yes’ to:

1. Rest – After surgery, rest for a good 6-7 days. This will reduce the chance of infection and speed up the healing process.

2. Wear the head cap suggested by the doctor – Will keep dust off your scalp

3. Spray saline solution every two hours – Spraying saline solution during the day, every two hours, will prevent the recipient area from drying out.

4. Sleep straight – Use a round pillow while sleeping. It is important that you sleep with your head elevated for the first 5-6 days after the procedure and make sure that the recipient area does not touch any surface. Take off your cap and use a round pillow or fold a towel and place it on the back of your neck. Since you have to sleep upright, you can keep pillows on each side.

5. Simple diet – Have regular healthy and light meals for at least a week.

6. Following your prescription – Take medications on time and as prescribed by your doctor.

7. Follow up with your doctor – Be under the supervision of your doctor and carry out regular follow-ups according to the suggested term. In case any allergies occur, inform your doctor immediately.

He recommended saying ‘no’ to:

1. Any physical touch in the receiving area – Any physical contact should be avoided as it will hinder hair growth. Use a round neck pillow to prop your head up while sleeping and sleep in an upright position for a week.

2. Bathroom – Use a damp towel to clean your body for a week after surgery.

3. Strenuous physical activity – Swimming or the gym should not be done for two weeks after surgery.

4. Bandage removal – Your doctor will change your dressing after 48 hours and recommend how long to keep it after reviewing your healing process.

Dr. Vanita advised, “It is very essential that patients take good care of their newly transplanted hair for best results. Since newly implanted hair grafts are fragile and need aftercare to fully take root. Make sure you have company, a friend or family member to drive you back home. Although the hair transplant procedure does not require heavy sedation, it is advisable not to go home alone. Stay hydrated before and after the procedure. Strictly follow the instructions given by your doctor. Also, don’t panic if you see some hair falling out. Your transplanted hair will fall out approximately 2-4 weeks after the procedure, which is completely normal and part of the natural cycle of hair growth.”

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